Jimmy Connors: Career, Girlfriends & Net Worth

Jimmy Connors is known as one of the best tennis players. He has won a male record 109 singles titles in his incredible career.

Likewise, he was included in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998.

Furthermore, he was the top Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) holder for a record of 60 consecutive weeks and a career total of 268 weeks.

Jimmy Conners
Jimmy Conners posing for a camera

Amazingly, the American still holds three men’s singles records: 109 titles, 1,557 matches played, and 1,274 match wins.

Also, Jimmy has coached high-class tennis players in his coaching career, Andy Roddick from 2006 to 2008, Maria Sharapova in 2013, and Eugenie Bouchard in 2015.

Quick Facts

Here are some quick facts about Jimmy Connors:

Full Name James Scott Connors 
Professional Name Jimmy Connors
Nickname Brash Basher of Belleville, Jimbo
Date of birth 2nd September of 1952
Religion Roman Catholic
Nationality American
Ethnicity White American
Age 69 Years Old
Zodiac sign Virgo
Place of birth Belleville, Illinois, United States
Current residence Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Hobbies Writing books, Playing golf
Food Habit Non – Vegetarian
Sex Male
Father’s name James Connors
Mother’s name Gloria Connors
Siblings John Connors
Profession Tennis player, Tennis Instructor, Sports commentator
Salary Not Available
Agency Robin Straus Agency
Sponsors Wilson
Height 5 ft 8 in
Weight 149 lb (68 kg)
Chest size 42
Biceps size 15
Waist size 32
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Marital status Married
Wife Patti McGuire
Children Two (Aubree Connors, Brett Connors)
Ex-Girlfriends Marjorie Wallace and Patti McGuire
Education East St Louis Senior High School, University of California, Los Angeles
Net worth $30 Million
Social Media TwitterInstagram, Facebook
Merch Posters, Signed Photos & Ball
Last Update October, 2021

Jimmy Connors: Early Life, Family, and Education

James Scott Connors, mostly known as Jimmy Connors, was born on September 2, 1952.

He was born to his father, James Connors, and mother, Gloria Connors.

Jimmy’s father was a toll bridge attendant, and his mother was a former tennis player.

Moreover, Jimbo has an elder brother, and his name is John Connors.

On the other hand, Jimmy Connors and his brother were sent to St. Phillip’s grade school, a catholic school.

Moreover, his mother and grandmother trained Connors during his childhood. His family loved tennis a lot. 

Likewise, Jimmy’s family had built a tennis court in the yard where the boys could train.

Connors played in his first championship, the US boys’ Under-11s, in 1961.

Likewise, Jimmy was passionate, enthusiastic, one of a kind, and determined to reach the sky.

Gloria, Jimmy’s mother, was well aware of his son’s talents, giving the passionate young kid full support.

Apparently, the legend was taken by his mother to be coached by Pancho Segura at 16.

Jimmy with his mother Gloria
Jimmy with his mother, Gloria

Moreover, Jimmy remains one of only nine tennis players to win the Junior Orange Bowl championship twice at 12 and 14.

Likewise, Connors got his first victory in the Pacific Southwest Open in Los Angeles as a freshman.

Similarly, in 1971, Connors won the NCAA singles title while attending the University of California, Los Angeles, and attained the All-American status.

Furthermore, Jimmy Connors became a fully professional after winning the Jacksonville Open, in 1972 his first tournament.

Jimmy Connors: Age, Height, And Weight

The maverick is currently 69 Years Old.

Likewise, Jimbo has a height of 5 feet 8 inches and weighs about 68 kilograms.

Moreover, the tennis player has a Chest of 42 inches, Biceps of 15 inches, and a Waist size of 32 inches.

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Jimmy Connors: Career

Tennis Player

Connors turned professional in 1972, and he was called a maverick as he refused to join the newly established ATP.

Whereas ATP was joined by most of the male professional players.

Furthermore, Connor didn’t want to join the group of ATP as he wanted to play and completely dominate a series of smaller tournaments organized by his manager Bill Riordan.

Likewise, in the 1973 US Pro Singles, Connors was part of the tournaments and won his first significant title.

Moreover, Connors had already quickly won 8 Grand Slam singles championships: 5 US Opens, 2 Wimbledons, and 1 Australian Open.

He wasn’t allowed to participate in the French Open during the peak of his career from 1974 to 1978.

Furthermore, as he associated with World Team Tennis (WTT), he was banned from playing in 1974.

Additionally, Jimmy, in his entire career, took part in only two Australian Opens. 

Consequently, he won the Open in 1974 and placed second in 1975.

Above all, in 1974, Connors was the most dominant player, and he had the record at the ATP.

In addition, he was the no. 1 ranked tennis player at the end of 1974.

Jimmy Connors
Jimmy Connors

Moreover, Jimmy had an amazing record of 99 wins–4 losses that year.

Jimbo participated in 21 tournaments and won 15 of them, including three of the four Grand Slam singles titles

Jimmy was banned from the French Open, which denied him the opportunity to become the second player of the Open Era, to win four Major singles titles in a year.

In addition, the player chose not to participate in the season-ending Masters’ Cup between the top 8 ranked players.

As he didn’t participate in the WCT’s regular tournaments, Jimbo could not play in the World Championship Tennis (WCT) finals.

Glory Years

The legend Connors is one of the only 6 men to win 3 or more Grand Slam singles titles in a year.

The others are Rod Laver, Mats Wilander, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic.

Additionally, from 1974 – 1978, Jimmy Connors reached the final of the US Open in five straight years.

Jimmy won the US Open finals thrice out of five times on grass, clay, and hard; he won it on three different surfaces.

Connors had reached the final of Wimbledon four out of five years from 1974 to 1978, during his prime years.

Even if he was not allowed to play in the French Open from 1974 to 1978, he still reached the semifinals 4 times in his career after 1978.

Similarly, in 1975, Jimbo reached the final of Wimbledon, US Open, and Australia, despite not winning a single competition.

Moreover, he won nine of the competition he was part of, achieving an amazing record of 82–8.

Even though he earned maximum points to reclaim the ATP No. 1 ranking, most tennis authorities named Arthur Ashe as the player of the year

Additionally, Jimbo maintained a record of 90-8.

Moreover, Connors lost his place on the top-ranking to Borg from 1979, Then he had a record of 8–15 against Borg. 

He played his last match in 1996 and retired from professional tennis.

Some of the other fierce rivals of Jimmy “Jimbo” Connors were: Ilie Năstase, Manuel Orantes, Guillermo Vilas, Rod Laver, John Newcombe, John McEnroe, and Ivan Lendl.

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Commentator

Connors did commentary on NBC-TV from 1990 to 1991; they broadcasted the French Open and Wimbledon tournaments.

Similarly, in 2005, 2006, and 2007 Wimbledon tournaments, Connors commentated for the BBC channel alongside his fiercest rivals, John McEnroe.

Connors returned to the commentary scene again at Wimbledon in 2014 for the BBC.

Besides, Jimmy has also been a commentator and analyst for the Tennis Channel since 2009.

Coach

Most athletes retired and tend to become either coaches or pundits.

After he commentated on various TV Channels, he took the coaching job.

American tennis player Andy Roddick was the first player coached by the controversial yet legendary Connors.

Moreover, despite reaching the final of the US Open in 2006, Roddick lost to Roger Federer.

Connors also coached a former women’s No. 1, Maria Sharapova, but their relationship was not good. 

Thus, the former No. 1 ended the partnership with Connors after just one match together.

Author

Jimmy Connors wrote The Outsider, an autobiography. Moreover, it won the British Sports Book Awards in “Best Autobiography/Biography” in 2013.

He also wrote another book titled Don’t Count Yourself Out: Staying Fit After 35.

Jimmy Connors: Girlfriends, Wife, and Kids

The Brash Basher of Belleville was a player in and out of the game; the former world No.1 tennis player was mostly known for his rude behavior on-court.

But he was good with the ladies, and he knew the game as he conquered fame.

Connors was engaged to fellow tennis player Chris Evert Lloyd from 1974 to 1975, but the engagement broke off in 1975.

In his autobiography, Connors wrote that Evert was pregnant with their child she decided to have an abortion without the consent of Connors.

Shockingly, former Miss World Marjorie Wallace was reportedly engaged to Connors from 1976 to 1977.

Jimmy and Patti posing for a picture
Jimmy and Patti posing for a picture

Despite being engaged to Marjorie, Connors dated a then playboy model Patti McGuire.

Then, in 1979 the couple married each other.

During their successful marriage, they have given birth to two children; son Brett and daughter Aubree.

Jimmy Connors: Net Worth, Salary, and Career Earnings

The net worth of Jimmy Connors is about $30 million.

Even though Jimmy had retired a long time ago, he still makes money from various sources.

Above all, Jimmy won a career total of $8.6 million in prize money. 

Likewise, the prize money he won in different years in his career is given below:

Year Prize Money won
1985 $461K
1987 $322K
1991 $321K
1988 $299K
1986 $208K
1989 $207K
1992 $137K

 
Moreover, he earned from various endorsement and sponsorship deals with companies such as Nestle, Power Stick, Nurpin, Jet-X, Wilson, Slazenger, and Estusa.

Besides, Jimmy Connors mostly earned money from playing professional tennis, coaching, and commentary.

Likewise, he and his brother invested in Argosy Gaming Company in the 1990s.

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Jimmy Connors: Awards, Titles, and Achievements

  • ITF World Champion: 1982
  • ATP Player of the Year: 1974, 1982
  • ATP Comeback Player of the Year: 1991
  • Ranked number one tennis player in the world in 1978
  • Inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame 1998
  • Inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 2001

Jimmy Connors: Charity

Jimmy and other well-known tennis players participated in an event hosted by Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

Additionally, he has, in fact, encouraged people to donate to the victims of the Hurricane in 2017 in Texas.

Similarly, Jimmy was part of a campaign started by Novak Djokovic.

Furthermore, as people donated the money, the amount collected was used to support 300 children from over 26 locations.

Also, he has an organization that has been providing 50 scholarship seats to deserving students.

Jimmy Connors: Social Media Presence

The American Tennis Hall Of Famer is active on many social media platforms like TwitterInstagram, and Facebook

Similarly, on these platforms, Jimmy often posts about old tennis matches with his rivals, memories, posts about his book, etc.

Facebook: over 54K Followers 

Twitter: over 73K Followers

 Instagram: over 414 followers

Jimmy Connors: Fun Facts

  • He is a left-handed pro-tennis player
  • Moreover, he has been a voice actor in the famous cartoon TV series; the Family Guy.
  • Jimmy owned a casino in 2000. In 2008, the casino caught fire and was burnt; the cause of the fire is still not clear.
  • Furthermore, apart from tennis, Jimbo was into golf and gambling; the gambling addiction cost him millions of dollars.
  • Furthermore, Jimmy was known for his rude behavior in and off the field with opponents and referees.
  • Likewise, Jimmy has dated famous women; a former pro- tennis player Chris Evert Lloyd, a former Miss World Marjorie Wallace, and former playboy model Patti McGuire.

Jimmy Connors: FAQs

Who was Jimmy Connors’ biggest rival?

Connors–McEnroe rivalry was a famous rivalry between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe.

They played 34 times; their head-to-head was 20-14, favoring McEnroe. This rivalry is said to be one of the most ferocious and competitive rivalries of tennis history.

Who was Jimmy Connors trained by?

Since Jimmy was 9, he was taught by his mother Gloria and his grandmother.

Gloria took him to Southern California, where Pancho Segura coached him from the age of 16.

Moreover, he was a man trained by two women to beat all the other men in the game.

Where does Jimmy Connors live currently?

Jimmy currently lives in Santa Barbara, California.

To sum up, the property he owns is worth $6 million, including a house with 8,000 square feet, a swimming pool, and a tennis court.

In addition, the place is filled with greenery.

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